Bound (2015)

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Bound (2015)

Review scored two out of five stars

Jared Cohn
Leading Actors:
Charisma Carpenter, Bryce Draper, Morgan Obenreder
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Review Date: August 8, 2015
Category: Drama, Thriller
Fetishes/Kinks Found Within: Whips, D/s, Puppy play, Riding crops

Back Cover Summary:

The daughter of a wealthy real estate broker falls in love with a younger man, who introduces her to B&D and S&M. Using her newly awakened sexual prowess, she finally takes charge of her own life.

Reviewer Comments on Rating:

I have some mixed feelings about this movie. Overall it wasn't very well done. A lot of the dialogue is extremely poorly written and sounds like some of the cheesy and inappropriate lines that clueless guys use on dating sites. The acting is equally bad by the main characters. The timing of movie was really odd and not well balanced, they sped through some things then placed slow motion walking at strange times. The way the sequence of events unfolded felt exceptionally odd. Some things they breezed past but they spent a lot of time showing them engaged in rather uninteresting sex. Thirty minutes into the movie I was wondering how I was going to get through the rest. Some of the cinematography angles were really odd and their choice of music didn't really feel like it fit the emotions of the scene.

A good portion of the movie felt a lot like a terrible soft core porno and actually made me angry. The main male lead is abusive and wildly unethical in his conduct. At one point he actually says, "Stop questioning me. You need more training tomorrow.... [she refuses due to work and family reasons]... He's not your daddy any more, I am. I'm your master, your husband, and your god. I'm your daddy. Be afraid of me. Be afraid of what I'll do if you don't obey me." His behaviour perpetuates a lot of horrible abusive stereotypes on how to speak to and treat women.

The redeeming section of this film is in the last half hour. They show the female lead actually learning about some BDSM safety principles and the members of the community that she comes in contact with identifies the male lead as a predator that gives the BDSM community a bad name. This actually made me pretty happy and in my experience, the first film I've seen that addresses this concept. Many of those in the BDSM community work to create a safe place and alert others, particularly newcomers, about proper safety and those who have a history of bad behaviour.

Overall I wouldn't recommend this film but I did appreciate the last half hour of the movie.

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